Thursday, March 5, 2009

Seitan Chik'n and Dumplins and Some Other Good Stuff!

I finally got around to making the next tester recipe for Bianca's Cookin' Crunk cookbook, which was the Seitan Chik'n and Dumplins! I had to wait til I went to the store to buy some more gluten, and I am so glad I did! This dish is absolutely perfect! It has all the elements of a great meal: comforting and warm, chewy dumplings, creamy base, tender vegetables, hearty seitan. Steven and I both thought this was a winner for sure, and it was even better the next day as leftovers! Score!
A few other random things I have put off posting, but should be mentioned:
The Garden Burrito from Main Squeeze here in Columbia (my place of work!)....
Whole wheat tortilla, brown rice, refried beans, avocado, lettuce, beets, carrots, sprouts, homemade organic salsa. Seems like a strange combination with the burrito stuff and the veggie stuff, but it totally works and is one of my favorite menu items! This burrito always leaves you full from all the fiber and protein, yet refreshed from the crunchy cool veggies. Perfection.

Breakfast at Ingredient, a new restaurant here in Columbia. The original location is in Lawrence, Kansas, so this isn't really a chain, just a second location of a local KS eatery. And they have breakfast, which is the best meal of the day...yay!
I had the Breakfast Burrito (always my favorite), and you get to choose your fillings, so mine had tofu, vegan mozzarella, housemade pico de gallo, and roasted red peppers in a spinach tortilla, served with a side of "skillet potatoes." This was pretty good...the potatoes were really paprika-y and delicious, and the burrito was not amazing, but tasty overall. I was a little skimped on the tofu, but I don't think they had made it that way before or something. Who knows. Either way, I would eat it again!
Steven had their Steel Cut Oatmeal Bowl (which was ENORMOUS!!). You get to choose your oatmeal fixings, so he picked fresh blueberries and bananas, toasted pecans, and brown sugar. It was really good!! Steel cut oats kick rolled oats' butt, btw. There is something special about the blueberry-banana combination that I don't understand, but it is just delicious.

On to my new discovery: Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter from Target's Archer Farms brand!!! I suppose you could call this the generic version of the PB&Co. Dark Chocolate Dreams peanut butter, but there is nothing generic-tasting about this treat! It is so creamy and fudgy, and really tastes like a vegan version of Nutella, so I was in heaven when I had my first taste. It goes really well on toast (especially the local Kansas City bakery Farm to Market Grains Galore bread, which is just awesome and nutty. period.) with some raspberry jam. If you have a Target store near you, run...don't it and pick some of this up!!
Archer Farms Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter and Raspberry Fruit Spread, on Farm to Market Grains Galore Bread...mmmmmm....

I think that's all I have today. And p.s. if you aren't excited about Bianca's (of Vegan Crunk) upcoming cookbook full of Southern delights, then please do so! Every recipe I've tested so far has been mouthwatering and get your bibs ready for drooling and your bellies ready for filling! :)


seitanismymotor said...

All of those burritos look so good! I seriously wish we had all that variety here in Germany when it comes to tortillas and fillings!

They serve steelcut oats in a restaurant. I'd be there every day!

Of course I am exited about Bianca's cookbook. Like you said everybody should be!

veggievixen said...

yum those burritos look sooo good. i just had breakfast but i want one!

Melody Polakow said...

I am happy that we will have a supertarget in my town in july ..

I am soo into those burritos!

Kelly said...

Yum! Thanks for the peanut butter tip - it looks awesomely decadent! I know what to put on my shopping list for my next Target trip...

Bianca said...

Thanks! That was super nice of ya! And I'm glad you liked the dumplins. It's a souped-up version of the veg-friendly dumplins my mom used to make for me in a little pot, while she made a big pot of chicken 'n' dumplins. She never used veggies or faux chicken, just dumplins. But I added that stuff to give it more of a yum factor.

I am soooo excited about that Target spread. I love the PB&Co. brand, but it's expensive! Thanks for letting us know about it!

BTW, your monte cristo is in my list of things to make next week! I can't wait!

Lisa (Show Me Vegan) said...

that Garden Burrito is my kinda food!

Bianca said...

Here's Your Interview:

1) If you could only get your protein from one source, which food would you choose?

2) How did you choose the name for your blog?

3) What's your all-time favorite dessert?

4) How long have you been veg? And what sparked the change in you?

5) If you were president, what's the first thing you would do?

To play along:
1. Leave me a comment saying, "Interview me." If a few people want interviews, I will randomly pick 2.
2. I will respond by commenting on your blog with five questions. (I get to pick the questions).
3. You will update your blog with the answers to the questions.
4. You will include this explanation and an offer to interview others in the same post.
5. When others comment asking to be interviewed, you will ask them five questions.

Bianca said...

Haha! No need to send me money! I can send you some as a birthday present. I don't when your birthday is, but I'm sure you have one. It can be a really early or really late birthday present!

E-mail me your address and I'll have some off to ya after the weekend (I buy 'em in my boyfriend's hometown, and I'll be there this weekend...I was planning on buying some more too!). My e-mail address is bphillips[at]memphisflyer[dot]com.